Here’s a recap of my 10 days in CO:
* NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) was incredible and inspiring and challenging and awesome. Brain so full. Professional to-do list SO LONG.
* Running at 5500 ft. affected my breathing in ways I didn’t expect. I didn’t feel labored or gaspy unless I was running too fast but I did feel like I was taking very small amounts of breath twice as often. The breaths were constant, shallow, and gentle. Interesting. To me.
* In the time I was there, I should have done 4 training runs of 3 miles each and one long run of 4.5 miles. Kicked the 4.5 miler in the ass. Felt like Wonder Woman. Got 3 miles, 1.5 miles, and 2.81 miles and a DNS (which, yes, I did put in my calendar as such.)
* The 2.81 was both annoying (SO CLOSE?!?) and very important. The previous night I had read this blog post in which Olivia from The Biggest Loser talked about not finishing a workout with extra energy and really pushing yourself to “empty the tank.” I thought this was an excellent point. I usually end my workouts feeling like I could have done much more. Why? What would happen if I really pushed and left it all out there? Well, if I do it too early, I won’t finish and I will almost vomit on the train tracks outside the Ft. Collins Hilton.
Also in this run, I had to deal with pain for the first time. Around the beginning of the last mile, I got a really intense abdominal cramp. Determined not to walk, I slowed waaaaaaaay way down. I was still in quite a bit of pain, to the point where I literally held my abdominal wall up as I shuffled. It sucked but eventually the pain subsided. I was very relieved to see that I could deal with this, in case it ever arises during a race. It was an important step in my journey to get comfortable with discomfort.
* Due to walking 30-60 minutes a day in flip flops (yeah, yeah….), I had some foot pain after my Sunday long run. I iced twice a day on Sunday and Monday. When Tuesday rolled around, I had some discomfort in my running shoes. I got as far as the Hilton parking lot before I decided there was no way I was getting stupidly injured this early in my training. I turned back, deciding to shift my running to Wednesday, Friday, Sunday of this week. Turns out it was totally the right call as Wednesday’s run went well (if not a bit brief, see above) and I had no foot pain whatsoever. Brain over heart for the WIN!
* It is possible to work very hard in more than one area of my life at a time. Historically when I get focused on one thing, like career development, another will fall by the wayside. The program I participated in was very intense but I still looked forward to my training, read running blogs and moved forward in that area.
* Between salads, walking, an obscene amount of water, and anxiety, I lost about 8lbs. As of this morning, I am 128lbs. I have never seen a number in the 120’s on a scale because I was too young to care about weighing myself. I’m looking a bit skeletal so we’ll see how I feel once I’m back in my Dailey Method routine. This may be a bit too thin for my frame. Who knew I would ever type those words?
* There’s no place like home.